Special Issue "Sports and Health: Attitudes and Issues in Creating Sustainability within the Mountain Biking and Surfing Communities"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.
Interests: mountain bike innovation; exercise immunology; performance physiology
Interests: surfing, environment and society; health and wellbeing
The sports of surfing and mountain biking are similar in that they present the new participant with a novel environment which requires the acquisition of skills to successfully navigate the physical challenges presented by each of the sports. Similarly, each sport has developed its own distinct communities and even within each sport their own subcultures. There is an increasing awareness that participating in physical sport in outdoor environments has more benefits than just the physical, even more so now as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both sports of surfing and mountain biking are taking steps to embrace and create models of best practice within these areas of physical and mental health benefits. We are keen to explore these benefits whilst investigating some of the potential barriers to growth and, more particularly, sustainable growth in these two sports. This Special Issue will focus on scientific research related to the positive benefits to physical and mental health and wellbeing of participating in these two adventure sports whilst detailing the challenges that face both sports in creating sustainable futures, both in terms of their respective environments and growing their participant bases. We invite paper submissions in the following four areas:
- Physiological and physical processes involved in training, competing and recovery within surfing and mountain biking and how these link in with:
- The benefits to an individual and the collective wellbeing of participating in surfing and mountain biking. Papers that specifically make reference to the COVID-19 pandemic landscape would be particularly welcome;
- Challenges and potential solutions to diversification issues within the participant demographic of surfing and mountain biking—can we make the sports more accessible by challenging health behaviors and promoting good practice in underrepresented groups, particularly women?
- Making mountain biking and surfing globally sustainable. Can engagement with the scientific community, particularly the disciplines of environmental science, engineering and industrial ecology result in sustainable infrastructure and products? How important is sustainability to these two particular sports?
Prof. Dr. Geraint Florida-James
Dr. Easkey Britton
Dr. Tony Westbury
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- Health geography
- Sense of community
- Quality of life
- Outdoor physical activity
- Mental health and well being
- Environmental exposure